December 14, 2010 by Vincent
Send How-To Videos to Computer-Illiterate Parents
Being a tech-savvy bunch, one could only imagine how much tech support the folks working in Google have to play whenever their loved ones run into the slightest issue with their computer. They feel the pain, and created Teach Parents Tech to relieve you from the same pain.
They have made some 50 how-to videos, ranging from basics like copy and paste, changing time on PC, to something more advanced like starting a blog, video chatting, and making calls from a computer.
Before you get started, you need to get two things done:
- Make sure your parents already have an email address and know how to use it
- Make sure they already know how to play an embedded YouTube video
Once done, you can head over to Teach Parents Tech, select some how-to videos that you think your parents would benefit from (and you indirectly), complete the email template and send it to their way.
This is how your email might look like, depending on your settings:
And beware, you parents might reply with
- Thanks for sending me such an insulting tech support care package
- I can officially describe myself as a tech ninja.
The Google folks should really make a video on “Any key”.
Siva - December 14, 2010 @ 4:29 pm
I check out and as I was a winner it (users less than 10k) I had a goodies page.
But later it turned out to be only available for US 🙁
Vincent - December 14, 2010 @ 10:18 pm
I understand how annoying it can be. I now learn how to not get excited whenever I’m about to enter a contest or “won” something before checking whether non-US residents are eligible.
Anyways, I wonder what is in the package. CDs with video tutorial maybe in case our parents don’t have an email address?
Siva - December 14, 2010 @ 10:27 pm
@Vincent, Package includes card, gmail keyword shortcut stickers , custom post-it notes.
Moreover last week, I got a mail from Chrome team regarding CR48 (Not as in Pilot prgm) but after seeing the eligibility, I was Angry. :X
Mrinmay Bhattacharjee - December 15, 2010 @ 7:35 pm
This is a great initiative by those Google Guys… Hats OFF! 🙂
Vincent - December 15, 2010 @ 10:57 pm
Many users will appreciate it, I believe. Did you send any of these videos to anyone?